Boys' basketball: Humphreys takes command of Korea boys hoops chase


Boys' basketball: Humphreys takes command of Korea boys hoops chase

by: Dave Ornauer | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: January 23, 2017

YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea – Ron Merriwether has been in this very spot before, on the back side of a regular-season sweep of Seoul American. The second-year Humphreys boys basketball coach says he’s hoping the rest of last season won’t repeat itself.

“That was our No. 1 priority before the season even started to be more focused and be more prepared for that,” Merriwether said after his -Blackhawks completed the regular-season sweep with a 77-69 win Friday at Seoul American.

Humphreys went on to lose both the Korea Blue tournament final to the Falcons, then later in February the Far East Division II title game at Yokota. “I have to do a better job of preparing the team” for tournament play, Merriwether said.

But with the win, the Blackhawks took control of the Korea Blue regular season at 7-1, 1½ games ahead of the Falcons (5-2). “Let’s hope the same scenario (as last year) plays out,” Falcons coach Steve Boyd said. “They’ve got a good team.”

Friday was a night for basketball rivalry games, and teams nicknamed Panthers almost ran the table, as Yokota’s boys routed Zama 84-49 and the girls won 37-24. Guam High’s boys beat Notre Dame 66-35 to improve to 2-0 before falling Saturday at home in overtime 68-63 to St. Paul Christian.

Kadena’s girls completed a four-game season sweep of Kubasaki, 52-26 on their home court. Kadena’s boys just missed making a four-game sweep of their own, fading in the stretch 68-62 to Kubasaki.

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